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Early 2019 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

Clemson Tigers DT Dexter Lawrence

Clemson Tigers DT Dexter Lawrence

Ole Miss Rebels WR A.J. Brown

The 2018 NFL Draft is still fresh in everyone’s minds, but the work has already begun by pro scouts and analysts alike for the 2019 edition. In looking at Athlon Sports’ early top 50 prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft, two things jump out right away – it’s heavy on defensive players and there are quite a few Clemson Tigers.

Clemson, which has been a College Football Playoff participant each of the past three seasons and won the national title a year ago, leads the way with seven players in the top 50. Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence is the No. 1 overall prospect with fellow linemen Christian Wilkins and Clelin Ferrell joining him in the top 10. Defending national champion Alabama is well represented with four players, followed by Miami, Ohio State and Wisconsin with three each.

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In 2017, our No. 1 prospect a year out was USC quarterback Sam Darnold, who went third overall to the New York Jets this past Thursday. Looking ahead to the 2019 draft, the first skill position player is Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown (above, right), who is ranked ninth. Missouri’s Drew Lock is the first quarterback on this list, checking in at No. 14. Of the top 20, 13 are defensive or offensive linemen.

There’s no question this list will change, especially once college football returns this fall. However, don’t be surprised to hear plenty of these names when the 2019 NFL Draft gets started next April 25.

Early 2019 NFL Draft Prospect Top 50 Rankings

Rank

Name

Position

School

Year

1

Dexter Lawrence

DT

Jr.

2

Rashan Gary

DE

Jr.

3

Ed Oliver

DT

Jr.

4

Nick Bosa

DE

Jr.

5

Christian Wilkins

DT

Sr.

6

Andraez Williams

CB

So.

7

Clelin Ferrell

DE

Jr.

8

Jonah Williams

OT

Jr.

9

A.J. Brown

WR

Jr.

10

Greg Little

OT

Jr.

11

Raekwon Davis

DT

Jr.

12

Trey Adams

OT

Sr.

13

Damien Harris

RB

Sr.

14

Drew Lock

QB

Sr.

15

Devin White

LB

Jr.

16

Jarrett Stidham

QB

Jr.

17

Mitch Hyatt

OT

Sr.

18

Jeffery Simmons

DT

Jr.

19

Martez Ivey

OT

Sr.

20

Travis Homer

RB

Jr.

21

Taylor Rapp

S

Jr.

22

Shea Patterson

QB

Jr.

23

T.J. Edwards

ILB

Sr.

24

Austin Bryant

DE

Sr.

25

Joe Jackson

DE

Jr.

26

Chauncey Gardner

S

Jr.

27

Bryce Love

RB

Sr.

28

Jaquan Johnson

S

Sr.

29

Dre'Mont Jones

DT

Jr.

30

Trayvon Mullen

CB

Jr.

31

Michael Deiter

OT

Sr.

32

Marlon Davidson

DE

Jr.

33

Cameron Smith

ILB

Sr.

34

Mark Gilbert

CB

Jr.

35

Isaiah Buggs

DE

Sr.

36

Ryan Finley

QB

Sr.

37

Corbin Kaufusi

DE

Sr.

38

Collin Johnson

WR

Jr.

39

Nick Fitzgerald

QB

Sr.

40

Deandre Baker

CB

Sr.

41

Isaac Nauta

TE

Jr.

42

Brian Burns

DE

Jr.

43

Josh Allen

LB

Sr.

44

Jerry Tillery

DT

Sr.

45

Clayton Thorson

QB

Sr.

46

Kaden Smith

TE

Jr.

47

Parris Campbell

WR

Sr.

48

Zach Allen

DE

Sr.

49

David Edwards

OT

Jr.

50

Kelly Bryant

QB

Sr.